Report - future of Peter Crouch to be discussed this week

Peter Coates, Mark Hughes and Stoke's majority shareholder John Coates are due to meet later in the week.

The future of Stoke City's Peter Crouch and Glenn Whelan is to be discussed this week according to a report from the Stoke Sentinel.

Letting Whelan leave would free up a significant amount of the wage budget according to the report, with Mousa Dembele's name mentioned with a move to Stoke in recent weeks.

33-year-old Crouch has been strongly linked with a reunion with Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers ever since their return to the Premier League - having previously worked under the QPR boss at Tottenham and Portsmouth.

The report states that Chairman Peter Coates and manager Mark Hughes have yet to meet over the future of the duo - and it being mooted their pair are after two-year contracts, where the clubs transfer targets for the January window could be discussed.

It will be interesting to see the outcome of the future of Whelan and Crouch. Whelan has been a fairly long servant at the Potters whilst Crouch seems to be happy with life at the club - and the manager seems to be happy to have a man with a proven goalscoring record at this level, as well as being a man who can provide different options, at his disposal.

If a deal isn't struck for Crouch to stay at the club beyond this season, it will be interesting to see which clubs come calling. He still has the ability to offer something to a side in the Premier League - but offers may depend on certain side's survival.

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